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confuse

verb

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1 to throw into a state of mental uncertainty
  • the similar-sounding words "censure" and "censor" often confuse people

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2 to make (something) unclear to the understanding
  • stop confusing the issue with irrelevant facts

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3 to fail to differentiate (a thing) from something similar or related
  • a lot of people confuse popular fame with enduring achievement

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4 to throw into a state of self-conscious distress
  • she was confused by the shocking bluntness of his marriage proposal

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5 to undo the proper order or arrangement of
  • vandals had hopelessly confused the papers in the office files

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The first known use of confuse was in the 14th century

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“Confuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/confuse. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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